Resources to Celebrate Neurodivergence in the Therapy Office

 Resources to Celebrate Neurodivergence in the Therapy Office

Written by Kelsey Someliana-Lauer, Therapy Practice Solutions Virtual Assistant

October is the perfect time to celebrate neurodiversity as the whole month is ADHD Awareness Month, and October 11-17 is OCD Awareness Week! What is neurodiversity? Neurodiversity or neurodivergence is a term used to describe brains that function in a different way than is considered “neurotypical.” This may look like folx who have a hard time focusing, who need to stick to certain patterns, who have difficulty deciding how to tackle tasks, or anyone whose brain causes them to act, think, and perceive things differently.

While there are multiple forms of neurodivergence (including being on the Autism Spectrum, having a learning disability, and so on), today’s blog post highlights two forms: ADHD and OCD. Folx with ADHD are neurodivergent as their brain may cause them to have difficulties in remaining still, focusing, delegating tasks, time management, and more. Folx with OCD are neurodivergent as they may need patterns, may believe an action will relieve their thoughts (the basis of compulsions), and may experience intrusive thoughts.

If you’re a mental health clinician that works with ADHD and OCD clients, you’re working with a form of neurodivergence. If you feel like you’re lacking resources to properly assist your client in their way of thinking, the pros at Therapy Practice Solutions have you covered! Here are some of our favorite resources to celebrate neurodivergence, in and out of the therapy room:

Resources for ADHD:

  • ADDitude Magazine: this magazine is available in a hard copy format, in webinars, and in an electronic newsletter format. ADDitude is great at providing resources for multiple folx in the ADHD-realm - that is, there are sections for parents of children with ADHD, friends of those with ADHD, and ADHD-ers themselves. There are even free webinars for mental health clinicians to help you understand and work with clients with ADHD!

  • Inflow: this app is one of our top recommendations for clients with ADHD. The app, which can be downloaded on a phone or computer, helps ADHD-ers track their skill development. There are multiple skill trackers, such as procrastination, organization, and mental clarity. This is a great resource to use with your clients!

  • Routinery: while this app isn’t strictly for neurodivergent folx, it’s a great resource to use! Routinery is an app which helps folx track their self-care routines. This would be a great resource to use with a neurodivergent client who is having a hard time committing to self-care throughout the week, which can be hard when you struggle with time management and prioritizing tasks.

Resources for OCD:

  • MoodTools: this app is a tracker for your fluctuating mood throughout the day. While it’s designed for depression, you can easily track intrusive thoughts, triggers, compulsions, and subsequent thoughts and actions with this app. This app would be a great resource to use in session to help clients with OCD realize their thought patterns and triggering events.

  • GG OCD: this app will feel much more like you’re playing a game than building skills for OCD! GG OCD has a variety of levels in which clients will be guided through important OCD management skills, like self-care. Use this for your clients that are incentivized by completing a game!

  • nOCD: this app is much more clinical in nature. nOCD guides clients through Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) in a weekly format. This may be a good app to use while in session together.

For Clinicians Themselves: 

  • International OCD Foundation: IOCDF has a training institute directly on their website. Aside from their direct training, IOCDF can connect you with local events (such as their Million Steps for OCD Walk happening throughout October!).

  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Just like IOCDF, CHADD has a range of free and low-cost webinars to help you feel more comfortable supporting your clients with ADHD. Aside from training, CHADD also provides volunteer opportunities and updates on their legal advocacy for those with ADHD.

  • Neurodivergent Therapists: if you are a neurodivergent clinician yourself, this is a great resource! All events are led by other neurodivergent clinicians, and you can host an event yourself if you wish. They also provide support groups if you’d like to connect with other neurodivergent clinicians!

We hope this blog post provides you with resources for celebrating neurodivergence in the mental health therapy room! If you’re looking for a teammate to take some administrative tasks off your plate so you have more time for training, look no further! At Therapy Practice Solutions, we provide Virtual Assistants who can do it all: insurance billing and verification, scheduling, callbacks, email returns, social media, blogs, website design … and more! Reach out today to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!


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